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Ombre Decor Not Quite Over The Trend Yet….

So I am not over the Ombre trend yet and got some great inspiration on pinterest! BTW……
Ok gang – now take a look at the things I found and some I pinned.  I am also gonna try my hand at some “homemade art”  maybe a graduated color of stripes on canvas…… I love crafting, glitter, glue, paint, stamping, embossing etc. yet a lot of times my finished product looks like I’m in 3rd grade.  Uggg –  but darn it gonna do it anyway.  A great frame make lots of stuff look better right?  Below are some inspiring pics for you and my latest creation.  Cheers all!  

Now for my final creation…………TA DAHHHHHHH 


Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO LORI

HOW TO “AFTER” HOLIDAY SHOP IN FREDERICK MARYLAND

Hi Everyone this should’ve come out prior to Christmas but I ran into computer problems so use this for the great “after Holiday” Shopping.  Great finds at great prices now too!  XOXO

It’s no secret that Frederick Maryland is near and dear to me as well as my family.  It’s not only the community or history – we love the involvement you see here and the great people.  Frederick also has so many lovely little boutiques/shops, restaurants that there really is no need to torture yourself at the mall.  Promise!  Here is a link of Holiday Events that should not be missed celebrate Frederick holidays 2014 . So where to begin…….
Start your day in Frederick – with +Starbucks Coffee on Market St or +The Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe on East to get you #caffeine on.  Or better yet – one of my favorites is @Juice Plate.  It is a little further up Market yet sooooo worth it.  Grab your fresh pressed juices, smoothies, muffins, omelette’s etc. and the first shot of the day – #wheatgrass!

Now your ready.  Hopefully your wearing a cute pair of walking shoes/boots etc.  

Then I start on far side of Patrick St and head right into @mavenbeautybar – too cute – great makeup too like Kevin Aucoin and airbrushing and eyebrow threading!

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Next into @urbancountry for my French bubble bath……. 1 for them one for me……. LOL Cards, custom jewelry pieces, home accessories etc..
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Than off to +Relish Decor   (one of my all time favorite little shops – fell in love day one) – the owner +Hallie Burrier has some of the best taste LOVE…… so many items for the home could take the whole shop home.  Wait I think I have – LOL  perfect for wedding gifts as well with fab. wrapping and Hallie offers home visits as well to clients to set up the perfect kitchen, pantry bar… you name it!
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Across the street grab a +Rachel Zoe dress for New Years some @bedandstu boots and maybe a vintage gift or two – oooo plus some cute little “quote” prints to frame for yourself or a friend!
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Now head left and hit +Black Hog Bbq or go right (more stores ) & go down market street for lunch at THE TASTING ROOM for a D-Lish cocktail or one of the many fabulous wines to recharge.  Grab a gift card too – enjoy before TR gets her face lift Jan. 5th – Feb. 16th is gonna be a great new change to the atmosphere but the food will remain the same.  Best of Frederick for just about 14 years running…… just saying……..

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Now continue down Market to Smokestack Studio Interiors
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I am just mentioning a few of my fav’s but some many shops along the Patrick St. / Market St. paths… before I go back to my car I make sure to hit Ever Ready Sq and grab a little chocolate at The Perfect Truffle to round out the day!  Again, one for them one for me!

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I hope you enjoy your time in Frederick, MD if its during the holidays – a first Sat. or in the Spring or Summer so much to do!  You won’t be disappointed!  Go to http://www.downtownfrederick.org  or +downtwnfrederick for lots more info for your trip!  
Thanks for stopping by, 
Cheers
XOXO LORI

Pasta Week

Helllllloooooo TGIF,

I’ve been taking on part of my “bucket list 2014”.  Only a little over half the things done…ugggg Oh well only a list I can keep going.  However I am making pasta from scratch just under the wire for 2014.  It has been going really well – its a lot of work but so worth it.

 Here are some photos and the recipes I’ve been using and tweaking a bit.  You can see a funny video on my FB page (promise to work on the video skills in 2015- LOL)

Tonight is the big night – having friends over for +PeterLuger steaks and my homemade pasta.  I am doing fettuccine Black and White to be exact.  Using squid in for the black and than topping with 2 seared scallops – and a light white wine cream sauce.  I didn’t want to do Alfredo so our Exec. chef at TR helped me decide on the sauce.  Funny how Mike was a little put off I kept kicking him out of the kitchen.   How else am I gonna learn right?  LOL  It was sweet and kindda cute!  Here are the pics…. first was all old school than I for next batch I used my +KitchenAid mixer.

Now off to the store to get the raspberries and make my sorbet and simple syrup in my new little +Cuisinart ice cream/sorbet maker that has been “chillin” in the freezer this week.  Be sure to ck out tomorrows post and instagram for dinner party photos!  Yeah!  Thanks to all for the comments and support – means so much! 
Cheers,
XOXO LORI

Smart Grocery Shopping: Stock Up on Holiday Essentials

Hi All,
Here are 7 tips ranging from meal planning & shopping to cooking and serving that will help you be the most prepared, relaxed & chic holiday hostess around…….. CHEERS

The season of holiday cooking involves a range of menus, expectations and budgets. Here are some tips to help make the holiday season bright and budget-friendly when you’re entertaining friends and family:

Big-Batch Cooking

Cooking for a crowd — even if you don’t have one to feed at your table just yet — is the best way to avoid any holiday season surprises. Gather the essentials early for bubbly casseroles and warming stews that are not only seasonal, but time-saving: make double the dinner a week or two before the holiday rush begins, and tuck the second portion in the freezer.

Potluck Politeness

If the amount of guests stacking up for your next holiday feast feels overwhelming, consider shifting the menu to a potluck. Allowing guests to contribute their family’s favorite dish not only helps save the host time and money instead of buying all the recipe supplies, but it also gives everyone the opportunity to share their own traditions.


MAYBE A FESTIVE PUNCH………

One of the biggest costs of cooking for a crowd is not found on the plate, but in the glass. A punch stretches a bottle of wine to its fullest, and added ingredients like cranberry juice plus berries and lemon slices or mulling spices gives each sip a more festive and unique touch. Also, try a punch recipe with ice cream for a decadent non-alcoholic version for kids or adults that don’t imbibe.


More Sides, Less Meat


Shifting the focus from meat to sides allows seasonal vegetables to shine, while also costing you less than the large roasts and poultry meant to serve a crowd. Pick a smaller bird or roast, and bulk up the selection of side dishes. Variety is the key to a successful collection of sides: plan on three to four dishes for a crowd of eight to 10 guests. Pick a combination of make-ahead and fresh sides to bring excitement to the plate through texture and your guests won’t miss the extra serving of meat.


Brunch is Best


Brunch foods, which often have eggs or bread at the center of the plate, are cheaper meals to cook and incorporate holiday recipe necessities you’ve already stocked up on like butter, flour and sugar. When planning a brunch menu, pick make-ahead dishes as the centerpiece for the meal, like quiche or cinnamon rolls. Since many holiday gatherings take place at night, planning a holiday brunch with friends makes for thankful and eager guests.


Savvy Savings


If your traditional meal each year revolves around a dazzling, expensive roast, don’t skip it. Shop and cook consciously before the holiday season begins by making a food budget for the meal. Cooking from pantry staples like pasta or rice dishes, eggs or soups in the weeks leading up to your big meal, will help you save the money you need to keep your holiday just like you remember it.


Simple Menus, Happy Cook


When planning a holiday meal, it is easy to let the excitement of the season carry the menu away. By narrowing the menu into a collection of your very favorite recipes, it makes for a less stressed and more confident cook. For example, pick either a sweet potato or white potato dish, but not both. Having less on the table makes the dishes memorable and likely tastier because of the cook’s clearer focus.




Thanks for stopping by – take a deep breath and don’t forget to enjoy the season!  #cheers






Tomorrow….. where I shop in Frederick, MD



XOXO LORI




Cutest Little Things From ETSY

Hello Everyone,
Well as you know I love me some Etsy and I came across these little numbers that are just too cute not to share – hope you like them.

Ok people how could I not have one of these? A Chanel Lipstick flash drive?  Whaaatttt From Etsy shop Points&Places 

Maybe there is a fashionista in the house – Chanel/YSL/ Louis Vuitton – Manicure and Nail art……101 Little Fingers Shop
So many cute cell phone cases but loving this throw back pay phone @Cases by Zoe Madison
Now for the make-up lover you know – gotta keep it organized Twin Lilies Beauty

Maybe you know a couple who just got married – I bet they’d love enjoy these……Mike & Honey Luxuries

This just plain ROCKS – my mom was a “secretary” for the US Senate and I adored to watch her type.  She was like cool hand Luke – fast as lighting.  I’d love this just to have around – good memories. RETROBURGH

Think I’ll end with that one……… Happy shopping everyone.  Enjoy this season!  
Blessings to you and yours – Thanks for stopping by,
XOXO LORI

WHAT'S IN YOUR BAG?

Hey Hey Hey,
Question for you – are there items you “HAVE” to have in your purse to make you feel ……. YOU?  These are mine – now of course I’ll rotate the lip color – maybe add a lip pencil too but for the most part these are my standard never leave home with out – feel naked if I do items.  Especially during this busy season I need my must have / go to’s at the ready!

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Boy Time Does Fly….

HELLO ALL,

Hectic time of year for all but very fun and grateful.  Just starting my Xmas decorating – Ahhh – have been traveling so not gonna go all out but that’s ok.  Look at what I found the Best Biggest Bear for somewhere maybe next to the tree.  From +HomeGoods for only 19.99!  Look at this guy……he’s huge!

Not sure of his name yet………It is funny I come around the corner and it looks like somebody is in my house – .
And making my Christmas cards and cookies for some neighbors…… I ADORE +Paper Source so bought several things to try out and GET MY GLITTER ON! YEAH
Anyway all enjoy this hectic time of year  here is how the bear turned out – also yes I started the post the other day its really 17 days til Christmas……
HAPPY MONDAY ALL – 
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI 

Quick Post Re: Goodwill Fashion Show

HI All,
Boy what a busy time I’ve had past couple of weeks  – little delay in this post but I just got some pictures and wanted to share information on event that I was part of the other Friday night for Goodwill of Monocacy Valley Maryland +Goodwill Industries International, Inc. 



SECOND RUNWAY
– It featured a red carpet entrance, an on-site Goodwill boutique, a chance to bid on fabulous auction items, gourmet food and spirits from local businesses.  A big shout out to my very own Black Hog Bbq for food donation as well as great auction basket.  There was music, and a high energy runway fashion show, including models with “familiar” faces from the community.  That’s were I came in….. I used the term community model very loosely people.  HA

Guests were encouraged to bring a donation for Goodwill and be entered to win a prize.

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All proceeds benefited Goodwill’s Youth Program 
which supports students with developmental disabilities to explore future career possibilities through vocational assessments, job tours, job shadows, and placement into employment in their area of interest.

Tickets just but all sold out for the event and while it was a great cause – boy was it hard for me.  I get so nervous doing things like this.  People who know me understand how clumsy I am and the runway not an easy gig for those of us who are not used to it for sure.  But “YEAH LORI” – I didn’t fall!  We had a record night and the gift basket and food we donated were a huge success.  So ok I was happy to “take one for the team” .

The hair and makeup team were fantastic – thanks to you all from Jordan K Winn out of Urbana Maryland for some lovely Texas worthy curls!  It was FABULOUS DAHHHLING!


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I found the dress at Goodwill and the jacket, tights and ankle boots were my own.  The dress was a little on the young side for me – but tried to make it work.  Reminded me of the Kate Spade number that was out last year.  Again it was my pleasure and honor to be a part of this event.  Lots of money was raised for the youth program!


Ok just touching base and playing catch up on events this past month!
CHEERS,
XOXO LORI







Trying Something New For Dinner

Hello,
Whew – home sweet home!  I always enjoy a quick getaway and adore nice hotels.  Four Seasons in Baltimore is no exception! 

After my birthday food extravaganza in Baltimore ….. my body went into shock.  I do not usually eat such rich foods or have so many rich items in such a short amount of time.  Seriously – Delicious Peking Duck Sunday night – Monday off to the Four Seasons for grilled bread with mascarpone cheese with ricotta & honey butter.  Than tuna tartare – dinner at chef Cindy Wolfe’s Charleston’s in Baltimore – amuse bouche of cauliflower soup.  Followed by steak tartare, snails on bed of grits with green butter sauce, foie gras and piece of birthday cake!  We are not done yet…. followed by the next morning of room service of Eggs Benedict and ending with lunch at Tio Peppi’s bread & butter and there famous snails in green butter and garlic, spicy camaron’s (shrimp).  By the time we were almost home I was as green as the snails.  Literelly so I am scaling back – doing my chinese herbal teas, smoothies and lots of veggies.  My body is not meant to eat like that – I don’t know anyone’s who’s is except for Mike’s.  He was fine – no problems there.  So he is not cleansing LOL.  I found this and thought it’s a happy medium. It’s a veggie entrée and thought it would be great this week as I wean off butter bread cheese and raw meat!  
TAAAH  DAAAAAHHHH! – more healthy foods and snacks to follow this week.  

Roasted cauliflower? Been there, done that. But roasting a whole head of cauliflower?  Now you have my attention Sir.  This recipe has me slathering cauliflower in a spicy yogurt marinade and roasting it at a high temperature. They say the result is an amazingly delicious dish that’s as dramatic in presentation as it is easy in preparation. Maybe I can serve it with a big green salad (lime juice and olive oil for the dressing) for an easy healthy supper or your next “Oh my – the vegetarians are coming to dinner”.


HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 head cauliflower
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chile powder 
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)
5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.


BTW here is my birthday surprise from the hubby!  Can’t believe it – adore how great it looks in the house.  It’s something I’d never splurge and buy myself – so thanks baby!


GIVE IT A TRY AND LET ME KNOW!  
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI





SUNDAY BRUNCH

WHAT’S ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY…..
SUNDAY BRUCH

Vero Moda long sleeve shirt, $37 / Checkered top / Frame Denim blue jeans, $320 / Christian Louboutin heels & pumps / Brunello Cucinelli scarve, $400 / Flower pot / Diptyque scented candle / Let’s Do Brunch Cookbook

THINK I AM GONNA WORKOUT HAVE A LIGHT BRUNCH – THAN HIT “SPA WORLD” OR THE SAUNA @ THE GYM – NEED TO RECOVER FROM A BUSY LONG DAY FRIDAY & SAT. ( THE HUBBY UP IN MOUNTAINS EARLY BUT DID MENTION BIRTHDAY SHOPPING FOR YOURS TRULY TODAY MAY BE IN CARDS….)

I WAS HONORED TO DO THE MAKEUP FOR MY DEAR FRIEND SONYA ( SHE – LOOKED STUNNING) & ATTEND HER WEDDING – BUSINESS STUFF – SENDING OUT INVITES FOR MIKE’S PARTY AND ARRANGING THE WhoWhatWear HOLIDAY DECOR FOR TR & BLACK HOG –  ENJOY YOUR DAY ALL – MAKE THE MOST OF IT!  CHEERS!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY,
XOXO LORI


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